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Standards for Excellence in Education Research

Focus on meaningful outcomes

Last Modified: May 19, 2020

Principles

  • Did the researcher explore outcomes that are broadly recognized as useful to measure students' learning, opportunities in education, or success from education and appropriate to the goals and audiences of the research?
  • Did the researcher include a widely-used, commonly-accepted, and well-understood outcome measure that will allow for comparison with other interventions targeting the same outcome?
  • Did the researcher detect, in accordance with their pre-specified analysis plan, policy-relevant variation in effects by subpopulations of interest?
  • Did the researcher detect, in accordance with their pre-specified analysis plan, longer-term, policy-relevant effects, particularly on meaningful distal outcomes?

Resources

What We're Reading

IES Director Mark Schneider's May, 2020 blog "Making Common Measures More Common."